Canvas Stretching Your Artworks

Canvas Stretching Your Artworks? Are you thinking of canvas stretching your artworks or prints? Dawsons Framing will handle your work with care and professionalism.

 

Canvas stretching is a technique used in the art world to mount and prepare a canvas for painting. When artists work on canvas, the canvas needs to be stretched tightly over a wooden frame to create a smooth and taut surface to paint on. This process is known as “canvas stretching.”

 

BLANK CANVAS WITH OAK FLOAT FRAME AND SPLINED CORNERS
BLANK CANVAS WITH OAK FLOAT FRAME AND SPLINED CORNERS

The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Choosing the Canvas: The artist selects a canvas material, which is usually made of cotton or linen, depending on their preference and budget. Cotton canvas is more affordable, while linen canvas is considered higher quality but can be more expensive.
  2. Building the Frame: A wooden frame is constructed using stretcher bars. These bars come in various sizes and can be assembled to create the desired dimensions for the canvas. The corners of the frame are often interlocked for stability.
  3. Stretching the Canvas: The selected canvas material is then laid out on a clean, flat surface, and the wooden frame is placed on top. The canvas is carefully stretched over the frame, making sure it is centered and even on all sides.
  4. Stapling the Canvas: Starting from the center of each side and working outward, the canvas is stapled to the wooden frame. This process ensures an even distribution of tension across the canvas.
  5. Adjusting Tension: As the canvas is stapled, the artist may periodically check the tension and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the canvas remains tight and free of wrinkles.
  6. Trimming Excess: Once the canvas is securely attached to the frame, any excess material is trimmed away, leaving a clean edge.
  7. Priming the Canvas: After stretching, the artist often applies a primer or gesso layer to prepare the canvas surface for painting. This helps create a smoother and more absorbent surface, allowing the paint to adhere better.

Canvas stretching is essential because it provides a stable surface for the artist to work on and prevents the canvas from sagging or warping over time. Properly stretched canvases can last for many years, ensuring the longevity of the artwork created on them.

Canvas Print stretched onto a frame and float mounted into a black matboard box, ready for framing.
Canvas Print stretched onto a frame and float mounted into a black matboard box, ready for framing.

 

Canvas Print stretched onto a frame and float mounted into a black matboard box, ready for framing.
Shadow Box with a raised Mat and a float mounted Stretched Canvas

 

Canvas Stretching Artworks: Canvas Print stretched onto a frame and float mounted into a black matboard box, ready for framing.
Canvas Stretching Artworks: Shadow Box with a raised Mat and a float mounted Stretched Canvas

 

Canvas Stretching Artworks: Corner detail of a canvas stretch.

 

An Indigenous Aborignal Artwork brought in for canvas stretching of the artwork and float framing. Artist: Goompi Ugerabah.
An Indigenous Aborignal Artwork brought in for canvas stretching of the artwork and float framing. Artist: Goompi Ugerabah.

 

Jacob preparing and joining a floating frame for a stretched canvas artwork.
Jacob preparing and joining a floating frame for a stretched canvas artwork.

 

Karen joining the corners of a stretcher bar ready for canvas stretching your artwork.
Karen joining the corners of a stretcher bar ready for canvas stretching your artwork.

What is a stretcher bar?

  • A stretcher bar, also known as a canvas stretcher, is a wooden frame used to stretch and support a canvas or fabric for painting. It is an essential component in the canvas stretching process, allowing artists to create a smooth and taut surface on which to paint.
  • Stretcher bars come in various sizes and are usually made from wood, such as pine or fir. They are designed to be lightweight yet sturdy, providing the necessary support for the canvas without adding excessive weight to the finished artwork.
  • The bars have a rectangular or square shape and come in pairs, with two longer bars and two shorter bars. The longer bars form the sides of the frame, while the shorter bars create the top and bottom edges. They can be purchased in pre-made sets or custom-made to specific dimensions based on the artist’s needs.
  • To construct the canvas stretcher frame, the bars are joined together at the corners, typically using interlocking joints. This allows for easy assembly without the need for additional hardware or tools. The canvas is then stretched over the frame and stapled to the back, ensuring it remains tight and ready for painting.
  • After the canvas is stretched and secured, the stretcher bars help maintain the canvas’s tension and prevent it from sagging or warping over time. They also enable the artwork to be easily displayed or framed without the need for glass, as the canvas remains firmly attached to the wooden frame.
  • Stretcher bars are a crucial element for artists who work with canvas, providing a stable foundation for their artistic creations and contributing to the longevity of the finished artwork.

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Need to print your canvases? No problem at all! We can print onto canvas up to 1650mm wide.

We can also assist you with printing onto canvas up to 1650mm wide! Our print room is set up for professionalism and high quality fine art printing.
We can also assist you with printing onto canvas up to 1650mm wide! Our print room is set up for professionalism and high quality fine art printing.

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